A summary for those that haven’t been keeping up with this series:
I found a bunch of 5.25″ disks at a thrift store a number of years ago. I finally got around to acquring a 5.25″ disk drive and extracting the contents a while back. Since then I have been posting the contents here.
Based on the contents, at least some of these disks were apparently once owned by someone named Connie A. Buys who used to run the “Close Encounters” Special Interest Group (SIG) on Delphi in the mid 1980s.
A specific definition of this SIG was found in a previous document on one of the disks: “This SIG, known as “Close Encounters”, is a forum for the discussion of relationships that develop via computer services like the Source, CompuServe, and Delphi. Our primary emphasis is on the sexual aspects of those relationships.”
Everything was text based from whatever terminal program you used to dial in to Delphi’s servers. Many of these disks have forum messages, e-mails and chat session logs. All of this is pre-internet stuff and I don’t know if there are any archives in existence today of what was on Delphi in the 1980s. In any case, much of this stuff would have been private at the time and some of it is quite personal.
I’ve been splitting up the contents of this disk (descriptively labeled “File Disk”) since it contains a number of documents, some of which are pretty long. A 5.25″ floppy disk can still hold an impressive amount of info when it is just text. (see the previous parts here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8).
The contents of this post includes the contents of a document called MAIL.DOC. It appears to be a screen log of Connie checking her e-mail, of which there are a few, and then the more interesting part…she issues a search commmand that appears to search Delphi for people with the string “psyc” in the occupation portion of their profile. What follows is a list of people who are psychiatrists or psychologists along witht their profiles which include various interesting things. Personally, I liked seeing what computers they all used :).
#1 30-OCT-1985 21:35:43 NEWMAIL From: BOS1A::JOHNMYSELF To: CABUYS,JOHNMYSELF Subj: hi and other things Hi Lover. Hope all is well with you. would like you to archive the poll on membership. I commented in message 315 on the results. will get started this week on final details for your suggested contest. hope to be ready for friday.
catch you later love. KISSes ...... MAIL> #2 30-OCT-1985 23:33:09 NEWMAIL From: BOS2A::QUICKRODNEY To: CABUYS Subj: The mag... Connie, It'll be in tomorrow's mail. Interesting article... I'd be interested if the pe rsons in there are anyone we know...? Anyway, good luck... see ya 'round John MAIL> sea What KEYWORD:occupation Search for:psyc Matches found for the following membernames: BUTLER DAVIDSTEWART DEACON DGARBER DRBOB408 DRJ017 EUGENEROSEN FHAPGOOD GARLOCK GES GRANT GSPOT HUGHCLEGG JANI KIM LOCKE MELISANDE NICHOLSON NYCSHRINK PHYL PRK PSYCHE RANJAN RUBINP SHRINK724 SIGGYFREUD SLANDMAN TATAM Would you like the complete profiles printed for the selected membernames?y Hit CTRL/C or CTRL/O to cancel display of users profiles. MEMBER-NAME : BUTLER NAME : RHETT H TOMPKINS COMPUTERS : APPLE II+,^64K INTERESTS : COMPUTER FANTASY GAMES: WIZARDRY, LOCATION : CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA. OCCUPATION: SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST, INTERESTED IN COGNITIVE TESTING WITH COMPUTERS. TERM-SOFT : NETWORKER MEMBER-NAME : DAVIDSTEWART NAME : David Stewart AGE : 36 COMPUTERS : APPLE //e LOCATION : DURHAM, NC OCCUPATION: Clinical Psychologist TERM-SOFT : Ascii Express the Pro USERNAME : DAVIDSTEWART MEMBER-NAME : DEACON NAME : JIM BEARDSLEY AGE : 52 COMPUTERS : IBM PC; XT (AT WORK) LOCATION : LA CROSSE, WI OCCUPATION: PSYCHOLOGIST (NEUROPSYCHOLOGIST) TERM-SOFT : BIZCOMP & CROSSTALK XVI MEMBER-NAME : DGARBER NAME : Douglas M. Garber COMPUTERS : IBM-PC INTERESTS : Videodiscs, authoring systems, simulations LOCATION : Dearborn, MI OCCUPATION: Industrial Psychologist TERM-SOFT : PC-TALK MEMBER-NAME : DRBOB408 NAME : DRBOB408 AUTHOR : LOVE HERBERT, HEINLEIN, KING, AND MOST SCI FICTION/SCI FANTASY COMPUTERS : EPSON QX-10 LOCATION : TANNERSVILLE, PA OCCUPATION: HUMANISTIC/EXISTENTIAL/TRANSPERSONAL PSYCHOLOGIST - COLLEGE PROFESSOR PET : A BEAUTIFUL BLACK PERSIAN NAMED BEBA PHILOSOPHY: I BELIEVE THAT PEOPLE HAVE GOTTEN TOO FAR FROM NATURE AND TOO FAR FROM EACH OTHER. I AM LOOKING FOR MY CONNECTION WITH NATURE REALNAME : BOB WILDBLOOD TERM-SOFT : MDM798 ZODIAC : TAURUS; MAY 8 - I HAVE ALL THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE BULL MEMBER-NAME : DRJ017 NAME : DON COMPUTERS : KAYPRO II LOCATION : ORANGE, TEXAS OCCUPATION: I AM A PSYCHOLOGIST WORKING IN A COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH CLINIC, AND AM NEARLY FINISHED WORK ON MY PH.D. PERS.INTER: I'M SINGLLE, LIVE IN A SMALL TOWN. ENJOY MEETING NEW PEOPLE ESP. WOMEN. I LIKE OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES (BEACH, TENNIS, GOLF, PICNICS) PROF.INTER: ESSIONALLY, I'M INTERESTED IN MEDICINE, NEUROPSYCHOLOGY, AND THE BIO-CHEMICAL BASEEHAVIOR. I ALSO HAVE A GENERAL INTEREST IN MOST OF THE SCIENCES. TERM-SOFT : TERM. AN ADM3A DUMB TERMINAL EMULATOR. MEMBER-NAME : EUGENEROSEN NAME : EUGENE E. ROSEN AGE : 41 YRS BIRTHDATE APRIL 20(CUSP OF ARIES AND TAURUS) COMPUTERS : APPLE MACINTOSH LIKES : TWO----TITA (TWENTY LBS.) AND SARA (LILAC PT. HIMALAYAN 2 GRAMS) MEXICAN FOOD... QUIET SNOWFAMLL....SUMMER STORMS ...... GADGETS.....PLANTS LOCATION : NEWTOWN, CT. OCCUPATION: CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST (ASSOCIATE WITH M.A.) IN STATE MENTAL INSTITUTION ORIGINS : BORN AND RAISED IN EL PASO, TEXAS (RUSSIAN JEWISH PARENTS) PERSONAL : BEST FRIEND LOVER AND ROOMATE SOFTWARE : source bce618, compuserve 74066,3444 mci mail erosen SPORTS : METS (DARRYL STRAWBERRY,) TERM-SOFT : RED RYDER MEMBER-NAME : FHAPGOOD NAME : Fred Hapgood COMPUTERS : IBM PC INTERESTS : I have a Border Terrier and like to cook. LOCATION : Boston Ma OCCUPATION: I am a free-lance science writer, and have been for several years. Right now I am a contributing editor to *Science 85*. Recently I wrote an article on soybeans for *National Geographic*, a couple of pieces on cat populations genetics, two or three columns on personal computers for the *Boston Globe*, and a piece on customer support for Lotus Development's new magazine. Right now I am working on an article on social psychology and expect next month to do a piece on an artist who is building the first naked-eye observatory, complete with observation tunnels, sighting rings, chambers, etc., out of a volcano in the Painted Desert. TERM-SOFT : PC-Talk MEMBER-NAME : GARLOCK NAME : KENNETH GARLOCK COMPUTERS : XEROX 820-II LOCATION : REDLANDS, CALIFORNIA 92373 OCCUPATION: PSYCHIATRIC SOCIAL WORKER TERM-SOFT : ASCOM AND WORD PROCESSING MEMBER-NAME : GES NAME : Gary COMPUTERS : MACINTOSH INTERESTS : Too many to list--However, playing guitar and writing music are amongst the top. Sailing and tennis are also wonderful. LANGUAGES : Espanol-Me gusta hablar y la espiritu Hispana LOCATION : Cheshire, Connecticut MODEM : Anchor Mark XII Signalman OCCUPATION: Clinical psychologist. Activities in field include individual, group, and family psychotherapy and clinical neuropsycho logy. TERM-SOFT : Red Ryder and Mac Tep 1.89 MEMBER-NAME : GRANT NAME : GRANT INGLE AVOCATIONS: GARDENING, SAUNAS, MARTHA'S VINEYARD COMPUTERS : LEADING EDGE HOME NET : META:NETWORK LOCATION : CONWAY MA NEED : LOVE TO SAIL...IF YOU NEED CREW THIS SUMMER PLEASE MESSAGE!!!!! OCCUPATION: ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST/ORGANIZATIONAL CONSULTANT MEMBER-NAME : GSPOT NAME : John D. Perry, PhD COMPUTERS : Commodore sx-64, R.S. Models II & 100 LOCATION : Portland, Maine OCCUPATION: Interested in Biofeedback, with Computers, Psychosomatic medicine. SEX : Author of THE G SPOT, creator of the Electronic Perineometer. TERM-SOFT : Vidtex, "terminal", and "telcom" MEMBER-NAME : HUGHCLEGG NAME : hugh clegg COMPUTERS : Commodore 64, what else? LOCATION : Beserkeley California OCCUPATION: child psychologist working with babies and very yojng children Know about childrens distress and where other than me to find help for certain types of special problem, crazy abaout Delphi. TERM-SOFT : 64 term and a homewritten one MEMBER-NAME : JANI NAME : Lisa Kennedy INTERESTS : Psychology, astrology, nutrition, vegetarianism, global survival, Tarot, science fiction, especially Darkover. Dreams, astral travelling, self-exploration and exploration of nature (unpolluted of course) alternative medicine (herbs, reflexology, hypnosis ) Reincarnation LOCATION : New York City OCCUPATION: Student - psychology. After 17 boring jobs in 7 years, I decided it was time to go to college!!! ZODIAC : Virgo, Scorpio Rising, dominant Virgo & 11th house. Uranus M/C. MEMBER-NAME : KIM NAME : Kim Schive BACKGROUND: I'm deaf and I have a 10-year-old deaf son. COMPUTERS : Apple Macintosh, Apple IIc INTERESTS : Computer languages (BASIC, Pascal, C), interactive fiction, learning more about computers, education for deaf (and heari ng) children LOCATION : Arlington, MA OCCUPATION: Graduate student in Psycholinguistics at Harvard, teaching fellow in undergraduate statistics course TERM-SOFT : MacTerminal MEMBER-NAME : LOCKE NAME : Steven Locke BUSINESS : Elliot Press, Publisher, Auburndale, MA. Certified Macintosh Developer. COMPUTERS : Mac 512K HyperDrive LOCATION : Newton, MA OCCUPATION: Physician, Psychiatrist, Teacher, Researcher TERM-SOFT : MacTerminal MEMBER-NAME : MELISANDE NAME : Nancy Holmes COMPUTERS : commodore 64 HOBBIES : astrology research(psychology) writing novels JUNG-TYPE : INTJ LOCATION : waukegan il OCCUPATION: Psychologist for U.S. Navy. Almost done with PhD-TG! PSYCHOLOGY: research interests: social factors in alcohuse ,Millon theory of personality disorders, SASB, MCMI, anxiety sensitivity, philosophy of science, viability of Boulder training model TERM-SOFT : smart term 64 ZODIAC : Gemini sun,Pisces moon, Sagittarius ascendant MEMBER-NAME : NICHOLSON NAME : John Nicholson AGE : 37 COMPUTERS : Apple IIe INTERESTS : I enjoy sailing (from windsurfing to yacht chartering), good music (from baroque to old timey), in depth conversations about anything, excelent food, but most especially being a husband and father (our 2nd one is due August 15!). LOCATION : Riverdale, New York OCCUPATION: I am a board certified child and adolescent psychiatrist. I run the pediatric liaison service for infants and childrenin a large teaching hspital. I am very interested in normal parent-infant development as well as in eating disorders. I have a practie in both New York city and in Darien, Connecticut. TERM-SOFT : Prometheus firmware MEMBER-NAME : NYCSHRINK NAME : Ivan K. goldberg COMPUTERS : TRS-80 model 100 HOBBIES : Telecommunications has become a recent interest of mine. It merges with my work as i see how telerelationships may have great " therapeutic" or "antitherapeutic" impact on people. I am also more and mo re interested in programming and computers in the practice of psychiatry. LANGUAGES : ADL, Basic LOCATION : New york, NY (212) TR 6 - 8007 OCCUPATION: I am a psychiatrist specializing in the psychopharmacologic treatment of mood disorders. I also teach medical students an d house staff and am involved in research. ONLINE IDS: PPN = 72215,776 MEMBER-NAME : PHYL NAME : PHYLLIS COMPUTERS : IBM-PC LOCATION : RIVERDALE, GA OCCUPATION: I AM A PSYCHIC WITH A CLIENT BASE OF OVER 3,000. I ALSO AM INTO ASTROLOGY PREPARING AND INTERPRETING CHARTS. TERM-SOFT : CROSSTALK ZODIAC : I AM A LIBRA, WITH SCORPIO RISING SIGN AND TAURUS MOON. MEMBER-NAME : PRK NAME : PAUL R. KAZMIERSKI BBS : SOURCE ID BBZ519 COMPUTERS : DEC RAINBOW CONSULTANT: I DO WORK WITH ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR, HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT, LEARNING PROCESSES, JUNGIAN PSYCHOLOGY, DEVELOPMENTAL EDUCATION, CRISIS INTERVENTION AND TEAM BUILDING. EDUCATION : B.A. AND B.ED.FROM DUQUESNE UNIVERSITY (POLITICAL SCIENCE AND EDUCATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY; M.ED. FROM DUQUESNE(PSYCHOLOGY AND READING); PH.D. FROM SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY (COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY) INTERESTS : PSYCHOLOGY,HYPNOSIS,GOURMET COOKING,JAZZ,INTIMATE CONVERSATION JUNG-TYPE : ISTJ LIFE STYLE: I HAVE BEEN CONSERVATIVE FOR THE PAST FORTY YEARS. MOST RECENTLY I HAVE BECOME MORE SPONTANEOUS AND FREE. I HAVE NEVER BEEN AS AWARE OF MYSELF AND MY NEEDS AS I HAVE BEEN IN THE PAST TWO YEARS. FEELINGS AND BEING AWARE OF MY FEELINGS ARE THE KEYSTONE OF MY CURRENT STYLE LOCATION : ROCHESTER,NEW YORK OCCUPATION: UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATOR/COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGIST PERSONAL : I AM SEEKING INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS WITH CARING AND SENSITIVE PEOPLE. CONVERSATION- TION AND CORRESPONDENCE ARE AVAILABLE. TERM-SOFT : HAYES ZODIAC : PISCES...ON THE CUSP MEMBER-NAME : PSYCHE NAME : HANNAH LERMAN COMPUTERS : APPLE II+ INTERESTS : COMPUTERS, FEMINISM, NETWORKING LOCATION : LOS ANGELES, CA. MEMBER NAM: PSYCHE OCCUPATION: PSYCHOLOGIST TERM-SOFT : TRANSCEND OR ASCII EXPRESS MEMBER-NAME : RANJAN NAME : ranjan bose COMPUTERS : commodore-64, sinclair zx-81 HOBBIES : computing, astrology, a little photography LOCATION : winnipeg,manitoba,canda OCCUPATION: medical research- neuropsychopharmacology TERM-SOFT : vidtex MEMBER-NAME : RUBINP NAME : Philip Rubin AGE : 36 years old. COMPUTERS : Macintosh, Atari 800 LOCATION : New Haven, Connecticut MISC : President of Yale Macintosh Users' Group. OCCUPATION: I am a psycholinguist and am a researcher and director of software development at Haskins Laboratories in New Havedn. Haskins is a small, non-profit lab. that studies speech perception & production & other things. TERM-SOFT : Macterminal MEMBER-NAME : SHRINK724 NAME : DAVID ALLEN LOCATION : WINSTON-SALEM, NC OCCUPATION: PSYCHIATRIST TERM-SOFT : APPLE IIC MEMBER-NAME : SIGGYFREUD NAME : RICH COMPUTERS : KAYPRO 10 LOCATION : LA, CAL OCCUPATION: psychiatrist TERM-SOFT : SUPERTERM MEMBER-NAME : SLANDMAN NAME : STEVE LANDMAN COMPUTERS : APPLE IIe LOCATION : ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN OCCUPATION: PSYCHOLOGIST TERM-SOFT : SMARTCOM I MEMBER-NAME : TATAM NAME : Wm. M. Tatam, MSW, ACSW.....nickname "Will" ACCOMPLISH: R e c o g n i t i o n s: Listed in ''Who's Who in the Southwest''. Former President Comanche Mental Health Society; father local chapter of, and clinically operated for two years chapter of Parent's Anonymous; Governor's award for work in Child Abuse; volunteer clinical work with local Cancer Society in stop-smoking clinics. After professional burn-out retired from active clinical work in late 1984 to teach and develop videotex counselling service. Lieutenant Colonel, Retired, Regular Army (US). BACKGROUND: P e r s o n a l A d v i s o r y : I operate Delphi's Online Personal Advisory which includes:... [a] Ask Uncle Max Advice Column (f-r-e-e).. .[b] Ask Uncle Max BB (f-r-e-e).. .[c] Personal Advisory BB (f-r-e-e).. .[d] Interactive Personal Test (soon/free)...[e] Online Personal Consultation (fee)...[f] Social Research Service (fee). Fees start at $10 for initial online consultation. Access: Main ====> Delphi ==== Personal. You can get a written brochure from Service for $1, or use the "Ask Uncle Max" option for a personal response, or one of my information file dumps. E m a i l E x c h a n g e s: I'll answer, at least briefly any questions you may have. Several of us have rather complicated discussions ongoing --- but, I do request that you write me by using the '''ASK UNCLE MAX''' options as referenced, above. Remember: there's no fee unless we establish an appointment, or you want particular research. Sometimes, I'll answer your question on one of the BB's --- no reference to you. EDUCATION : E d u c a t i o n: Miami University, Ohio from 1950 until 1954 with majors in education, sociology and psychology. University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvaia, Graduate School of Social Work, 1954-1956, with major in clinical psychitric social work. Post graduate study in abnormal psychology, Denver University, Colorado, 1961-1963. Significant seminars in criminal justice; and drug/alcohol abuse treatment. Honor societies in psychology, sociology, English and education. Secondary education started in southern Mississipi and terminated with graduation from McKeesport, Pennsylvania public prep school. INTERESTS : I n t e r e s t s: Empiricial, which will, of course, be primarily statistically and operationally defined, research which offers data on parapsychological issues. This includes astral projection; aura perceptions; nonlinear time studies; altered states including hypnosis and other trance states; influence of collective unconscious; genetic memory; reincarnation; deja vu reports; meditation -- especially incluence of Essenes on Christ; creation of physical reality by thought; independent mental operations of unconscious; Cayce experiences. Also, empirical research on pseudoscience of astrology, for which I've been looking for the last decade. Welcome EMAIL discussion of such subjects, but do request you use the "Ask Uncle Max" option under Personal Advisory. OCCUPATION: P r e s e n t W o r k: Closed my private practice of marriage and family counseling in late 1984 to enter semi-retirement and teach. Teach for an extension of a small college, Central Texas. Teach: remedial math and English; freshman and sophomore English; lower division math and mathematical statistics; computer orientation courses; general psychology; military (organizational) sociology; military psychology; BASIC programming. Am also computer trainer for the Comanche Indian Nation for whom I teach computer application courses in word processing, basic programming, accounting and business math, often in 30 hour a week courses which last six months. PHILOSOPHY: A d v i s o r y P h i l o s o p h y: Since you may be consulting with me this outlines the philosophy of my advisory. I conclude that most people are dominated by emotional signals generated by their unconscious, obviously beyond their awareness. Generally such create no problem. These stimulations are a survival of the physical evolution chain which are further compromised by our present culture. Historically man has called that "bad" behavior a "sin" -- but I consider it as understandable as the fact that we have two legs. We had to be this way to physically survive, but now we must adapt to more logical control to survive. We continue to have a chance to evolve beyond domination by our emotions which is a function of my advising philosophy. I'm a registered with ARE and will advise within those paramenters if requested. More information is contained on the Personal Advisory BB, especially the item called "Insight Stimulation." PEOPLE ON DELPHI> ^Z MAIN>